Laser aesthetics might seem like a recent phenomenon, but PHR Centers' staff members have been using lasers to address clients' cosmetic needs since 1981. This gives them experience far beyond what you might expect in their industry. Dr. Amy DeRosa—a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon—oversees the centers' teams of registered nurses, licensed aestheticians, and laser technicians, who work together to treat a wide range of concerns by using the latest equipment and techniques.
By focusing on nonsurgical solutions to common aesthetic issues, PHR Centers can grant clients dramatic effects without the downtime of plastic surgery or the risks of time travel. The experts call on the Palomar Vectus cosmetic laser system to eradicate unwanted hair while cooling the skin for a more comfortable experience, and use Vaser Lipolysis, SmartLipo, and radio-frequency-based Vanquish treatments to contour clients' bodies by targeting stubborn fat deposits. To achieve a more youthful appearance, Deka SmartXide DOT therapy helps improve skin tone and texture by stimulating collagen production, and Botox, dermal fillers, and chemical peels work to soften wrinkles and rejuvenate the complexion.
Delicate pink walls line the interior of American Beauty Tan, where a skilled team of stylists and technicians bolsters beauty regimens with traditional and UV-free tanning, hair services, manicures, and pedicures. A sunless Mystic Tan booth swathes skin in customized bronzing solutions alongside five levels of horizontal and stand-up tanning beds lined with lamps that emit up to 160 watts of colorizing rays. The hue-imbuing chambers reside in private tanning suites, where tanners can undress without being seen and perform dramatic monologues from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure without being scouted for its Broadway adaptation. Sleek haircuts, meticulously trimmed nails, and waxing services for faces, legs, and arms are on hand to complement the tanning treatments.
As a newly-minted graduate of Virginia Ferrell College of Beauty, Brittany Malins headed off to work as a L’Oreal Professional. In her time as a beauty pro, she has studied beneath prestigious color specialists, honing her mixing technique and sharpening her eye. These days, Brittany helms a chair at Red Head Salon, where she folds her experiences as a hairdresser into sleek cuts and vibrant highlights and hair colors. Like her colleagues at Red Head Salon, Brittany continues to attend classes to stay sharp, keeping her finger on the pulse of the styling world—a pulse that beats thanks to an enormous Jarvis artificial heart filled with Barbicide.
The staffers at The Makeup Loft want to bring out their clients’ best features with each makeup application, not camouflage them. They describe their makeup style as equal parts fresh and polished, and they take each patron’s personality and style into consideration as they create new looks. They take their services on the road for weddings and at-home beauty parties and also perform hairstyling, skincare, and waxing services.
Experienced staff and a contemporary atmosphere make this salon and spa the perfect place to prettify pouty pouts. Chic, hairless leather couches in the waiting area offer a comfortable place to drape sleepy bodies, while flat screens entertain those on deck without imposing on personal space. When your name is up, opt for a salon service, such as tress reduction ($35+ for women, $20+ for men) or partial highlights ($65+). Lucky's spa, added in 2009, can still transfer some of its own freshness to your face with a green-apple facial, which employs a light fruit-enzyme peel to brighten and firm skull slipcovers ($60+). Or, match your patch to the spa's exposed brick walls with a Brazilian bikini wax ($50–65). See the website for a full spa menu.
This 2.5-hour mollycoddling begins with a fully trained aesthetician massaging gentle botanicals into your façade to cleanse pores and tighten skin. Combination areas of dry and oily skin are moisturized and dredged respectively as faces are restored to a youthful smoothness akin to a newborn porpoise. During the essential mani-pedi, a technician slicks nails with chic shades and eases weary feet in fountainside pedicure chairs. Strut across AllenMay's smooth hardwood floors, past crème brûlée-colored walls, and out into the world with a fresh game face and a set of paws fit to dominate patty-cake bouts with a cat.